Old Land Rover Defender Gets Extra Power and Speed with Official Upgrade Kits

Until the next generation of the Defender gets here, we’re left with looking back at the older cars wearing this name. But as some of the Defenders now on the roads already push 25, the sight is not always pretty.
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The help owners of older Defender models feel confident their cars still pack a punch, the British carmaker announced a series of upgrades for the models in the 90 and 100 series, manufactured between 1994 and 2016.

These upgrades come as kits, and they are meant to improve on-road dynamics and performance. They target the wheels, suspension, braking, and engine.

First, Defenders built from 1994 can benefit from a new diamond-turned 18-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels that sell for £432 in the UK.

For cars manufactured from 2007 to 2016, Land Rover offers the Suspension Upgrade Kit that includes revised coil spring rates, dampers, anti-roll bars, links, and bushes. For the Defender 90, the price is £2,247, while for the 110 it costs £1,822.

The Handling Upgrade Kit adds to the cars Works V8 specification brake discs, pads and calipers, 18-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels and enhanced suspension. Prices are £10,391 for the Defender 90 and £9,967 for the Defender 110.

Exclusively for the 2.2-liter TDCi models produced from 2012 model year onwards, Land Rover offers the Defender Classic Works Upgrade Kit. For £16,995 regardless of the Defender variant, it comes with all of the above enhancements, on top of which it adds 40 ps to the car’s output.

That means the conversion makes the Defender’s engine develop a total of 162 ps and 463 Nm of torque, increasing the car’s top speed to 106 mph (170 mph).

“In 2018, Land Rover’s 70thAnniversary year, we saw unprecedented demand for the limited-edition Defender Works V8, which brought new levels of handling and performance to this iconic vehicle,” said in a statement Calum McKechnie, head of Land Rover Classic.

“Extending the range of fully engineered, tested and approved upgrades offered by Land Rover Classic underlines our commitment to supporting existing Defender owners, as we look forward to the new Defender’s world premiere later this year.”

More details about the available parts and upgrades can be found at this link.
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